EDITORIAL BELATED SCREENING MLK WORKERS SHOULD HAVE BEEN TESTED BEFORE CLOSURE.AS Los Angeles County officials start to find new jobs for the 1,600 employees of the failed Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital (MLK-Harbor), formerly known as Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center (King/Drew), is a public hospital in Willowbrook, an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County, California, north of the city of Compton and in other county facilities, they are screening them for competency.
That will help prevent, as Supervisor Gloria Molina put it, allowing the "MLK MLK Martin Luther King
MLK Medialess License Kit poison" to spread to other county facilities.
The long-troubled South Los Angeles South Los Angeles is the official name for a large geographic and cultural area lying to the southwest and southeast of downtown Los Angeles, California. The area was formerly called South Central Los Angeles, and is still sometimes called South Central. hospital has failed a critical federal inspection and, as a result, must shut down. The county can't afford to have the incompetence that caused the closure of this vital community hospital infect other institutions.
Among other things, the federal inspection found a lack of supervision of emergency-room patients, staffers who were unable to correctly calculate dosages for medications, and patients put into harm's way.
Yes, it makes sense to screen workers before moving them over.
But wouldn't it have made more sense to start evaluating the work force -- and retraining re·train
tr. & intr.v. re·trained, re·train·ing, re·trains
To train or undergo training again.
re·train it when necessary -- years ago, when the first evidence of mismanagement mis·man·age
tr.v. mis·man·aged, mis·man·ag·ing, mis·man·ag·es
To manage badly or carelessly.
mis·manage·ment n. and staff incompetence came to light?
Of course, that assumes there's competence anywhere in county government.